Supporting our mission
Here are some of the foundations and organisations who have offered their support to our continuous journey towards creating one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges:
The Bikuben Foundation
The Bikuben Foundation provided support for our “One Million Jobs” project, which stretched from January 1st 2010 to December 31st 2011. The aim of the project was to create jobs for people with autism by taking the knowledge and know-how accrued over time by the Specialisterne Foundation, and turning it into an education toolkit for employers and managers, and for those planning on starting up a Specialisterne operation in their country.
The Bikuben Foundation is a private Danish foundation whose main purpose is to support and develop high-quality projects within Danish and Greenlandish culture and social work for the benefit of the public good.
The Lemvigh-Müller Foundation
The Lemvigh-Müller Foundation is a Danish foundation that supports cultural, social and productive goals for the benefits of Danish society. In 2010 the foundation granted 750,000 DKK to the Specialisterne Foundationn to help “develop our internship to match the skills of people with autism, and for knowledge-sharing with the organisations where Specialisterne interns work.” This project helped make significant improvements to the quality and impact of our work, and has helped build momentum for Specialisterne Foundation and Specialisterne both in Denmark and overseas.
THE VILLUM FOUNDATIONS
We recently completed our three-year project “Creating Jobs for People with Autism in Poland.” This project launched in 2010 with the support of a grant of DKK 5.357.448 from the VELUX FOUNDATIONS, and has enabled The Specialisterne Foundation, in association with local Polish partners, to adapt and localize the Specialisterne model for Poland. We are now beginning to see the results of this initiative, with Polish people with autism now having opportunities for real and meaningful employment that they did not have before.
THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS
In late 2013, THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated just under 5,400,000 DKK to the Specialisterne Foundation initiative entitled ”1000 Jobs in Denmark.” The VELUX FOUNDATIONS are non-profit foundations created by Villum Kann Rasmussen, the founder of VELUX and other companies in the VKR Group. is initiative will be driven by the Specialisterne Foundation through partnerships with the corporate sector, public institutions and other stakeholders in the labor market. The ultimate goal – together with the creation of 1000 jobs – is to change existing attitudes among Danish employers towards hiring people with autism, and to generate interest among employers in placing people with autism into meaningful jobs where their unique competencies can create maximum value.
The European Union
The Specialisterne Foundation has received numerous grants from the European Union to help further its goal of creating one million jobs for people with autism. To date, we have been part of the following projects:
Leonardo da Vinci – Transfer of Innovation, Year 2010 – 2012
Progress – Year 2012 – 2013
European Social Fund – Year 2012 – 2013
Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation – Year 2012 – 2014